Testimonials

  • Great Expectations and Tomball, Texas - A Powerful Partnership!

    “Great Expectations has been the most rewarding and transformational program I have experienced in my 20-year career.  However, it is so much more than just a “program” as the 8 Expectations for Living and GE Life Principles impact our stakeholders while on campus and extend beyond the walls of our building.  Read More...

  • Principal Sees Increased Positive Behavior After Deploying Great Expectations

    As a first-year elementary educator at Claremore Public Schools in Oklahoma, Ryan Huff decided to attend a week-long Great Expectations Summer Institute in Tulsa with a few of his colleagues. He absolutely loved it. When Huff brought the research-based practices into his classroom to create a nurturing atmosphere, students began showing respect and modeling the desired attitudes.  Read More...

  • Students in Non-Traditional School Setting Thrive with Great Expectations

    As the principal of a service-provider school, Ron-Marie Johnson works with students of diverse learning backgrounds. Victory Place @ Coppell offers an accelerated high school program as well as a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. With a wide variety of needs among students, Ron-Marie and her staff wanted to set a standard of behavioral and academic expectations that would allow all students to grow and take ownership of their education.  Read More...

  • Great Expectations Builds Confidence for ELL Students at Texas Elementary School

    Once an ELL student herself, Cynthia Valdez knows how vital it is to build positive relationships between students and teachers. When she began her position as a kindergarten bilingual teacher, she had the desire to develop the same supportive learning environment she had experienced as a student.   Read More...

  • Mutual Respect Leads to Academic Excellence at Oklahoma Elementary School

    Natalie Griffin of Ardmore, Oklahoma took some time off to stay at home to raise her family. The summer before she returned to teaching full time, her principal asked her to attend a Great Expectations workshop to help her transition back into the classroom and approach teaching in a new way.  Read More...

  • Failure Is Not an Option with Great Expectations at Michigan High School

    Sitting near the base of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron in Michigan, Bay City Public Schools comprises nine campuses and 8,000 students. One of the two high schools in the area, Bay City Central High School, had an ISD curriculum coordinator named Molly Bruzewski who suggested a professional development training called Great Expectations, which she had used in her previous position in Oklahoma City.     Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Elementary School Makes Students Feel At Home with Great Expectations

    Kim Iraggi’s first year out of college as an educator was a challenging one. She performed well academically, but didn’t have the classroom management skills that she needed to be successful  Read More....
  • Case Study - OKCPS Andrew Johnson Elementary

    During Margaret Simpson’s first year as the principal at Johnson Elementary, she gathered a leadership team of educators to sit down and discuss how the school was going to change. The team created a three-year plan that included becoming a Great Expectations Model School. The first step was for staff members to attend a Great Expectations methodology course in order to be trained in the best practices and classroom principals.  Read More...

  • Texas District Creates a Common ‘Language’ with Great Expectations

    Northgate Crossing Elementary community rallies around methodology that builds positive atmosphere Northgate Crossing Elementary School opened in 2008 in Spring, Texas, with more than 700 students. It was the 29th elementary school in the district, but Northgate stood out for all the right reasons in the community and state after its first year. Amy Elkins was fresh out of college when she began at Northgate Crossing Elementary School as a third grade teacher. When the principal told her they we...  Read More...

  • Great Expectations Turns Skeptics into Believers

    Assistant principal applies Great Expectations to relate to students, fellow teachers Lifelong Experience Kristin Falcon, assistant principal at Anderson Elementary School in Spring Independent School District, engages Great Expectations in her leadership every day. Although her current school doesn’t yet widely utilize use the practices...

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  • Creating a Culture of Learning, Growth and Life Skills

    Principal builds a new school from the ground up with the help of Great Expectations   Laying the Foundation Hired as principal before Bailey Middle School was even built, Veronica Vijil began at the ground level. You can even find her handprint in the concrete floor of the gym-area boys’ restroom at the Spring, Texas school. As Vijil began establishing a culture within the school, a main question was how their professional development would be carried out. After talking with a colleague...  Read More...

  • Emphasis on Respect Nurtures Positive Classrooms

    Educator changes classroom culture, introduces others to the power of Great Expectations Seeing the Need As a high school teacher in the Sapulpa School District located near Tulsa, Oklahoma, Molly Bruzewski found herself addressing the same struggles with the same students on a daily basis. Despite efforts to correct the behavior, Bruzewski did not see the results she wanted. So she took the recommendation from her principal to attend an educator training session from Great Expectations. Mak...  Read More...

  • Educators in Oklahoma City Create Plan for Great Expectations

    Training reignites passion for teaching, improves student achievement and behavior  A Career Focused on Great Expectations Looking back, Carol Berry, interim principal at Kaiser Elementary School in Oklahoma City, believes Great Expectations changed her life. A competitive person by nature, Berry has always tried to go above and beyond requirements. Berry thinks she sets the bar high, but Great Expectations sets it even higher.   Read More...

  • GE - Both Character and Academics

    Great Expectations has created a collective sense of thought and purpose throughout our campus. Staff members have been pleased with the consistency of the implementation of instruction and procedures campus wide. The benefits of having the Eight Expectations, as well as the Seventeen Instructional Practices are increased understanding and the unification of goals.   Read More...

  • Transforming an Educator and a Student

    From a teacher to instructor for a whole district, Diana Saylak’s life was changed the first day of Great Expectations training. First Impression About 20 miles outside of downtown Dallas, Texas stands Coppell, a landlocked city of 40,000 people. Diana Saylak calls Coppell home and where she began renewing her passion to teach. During the summer of 2006, Saylak took a position with a new elementary school.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools Establish Consistency With Great Expectations

    Reform committee identifies Great Expectations as common denominator of high-performing schools Nondescript PD As an elementary school teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKC), Pat Watson-Hunt received her share of school-sanctioned professional development training. After a few years, Watson-Hunt eventually took a position at a different OKC school, and it was a school that had embraced Great Expectations for its teacher training.   The GE Difference Watson-Hunt experienced her ...  Read More...

  • Simple Classroom Tenets Renew Passion for Teaching

    Educator implements new practices and outlook, applies Great Expectations principles throughout her career Feeling Burned-Out After nine years in the classroom, Montie Koehn, a teacher at Nichol’s Hills Elementary, located within the Oklahoma City Public School District (OKCPS), experienced the feeling educators hope to avoid: burn-out. She was so overwhelmed and unhappy that, at one point, she said she would rather flip burgers or greet at Walmart than teach. Reigniting the Fire Seeing her un...  Read More...

  • GE Impacts Student Learning

    National Board Certification is absolutely the most rigorous professional development I have ever gone through. The process mandates a deep level of reflectiveness and analyzing of lesson design. At the heart of everything throughout the process is the question, "How does this impact student learning?" As I attended Great Expectations for the second time in my career, I realized everything about Great Expectations truly IMPACTS student learning.   Read More...

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